Beginning Aircraft Structures for Pilots

Learn the A to Z of modern Aircraft Structures and enhance your overall aviation knowledge, making you a better pilot.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Contents Video: 20 mins
    Other: 31 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

Welcome to this course on ‘Aircraft Structures’.

Aircraft Structures is the first video course in our series of training products produced by Digital Aviation Training, which is designed to teach aviation enthusiasts, pilots and aspiring pilots, the workings of modern aircraft.

Written by a professional airline instructor and qualified commercial pilot with many years industry experience, the course will offer you an introduction to aircraft structures. Illustrated with comprehensive 3d graphics and professionally nitrated throughout, it contains the following three topics:

Aircraft Loads – In this topic you will learn the following subjects:

  • Typical Loads on an Aircraft

  • Elastic Properties

  • Structural Safe-Life

  • Fail-Safe Structures

  • Damage Tolerant Structures.

Aircraft Fuselage – In this topic you will gain an understanding of the construction of a typical aircraft fuselage including:

  • Monocoque Structures

  • Semi-Monocoque Structures
  • Effects of Pressurisation
  • Flight-Deck Windows
  • Passenger Cabin Windows




Aircraft Wings – In this topic you will learn about the construction and components of a typical aircraft wing including:

  • Aircraft Wing Spars
  • Aircraft Wing Ribs
  • Aircraft Wing Stringers
  • Aircraft Wing Torsion Box.

You will also receive a PDF file containing the full course for your convenience.



By the end of the course you will have acquired a comprehensive knowledge base, one that will be invaluable to your future aviation career.

As a pilot or potential pilot you must acquire a thirst for knowledge, the more knowledge you attain, the better the pilot you will become. By acquiring additional information and understanding of all the aircraft systems, you will be more able to converse intelligently with your fellow aviators and impress any potential future selection board. In addition, you will become a safer, more able pilot in the process.

Aircraft structures is a must-know subject, it is the bases from which system understanding is built and will help you toward gaining the knowledge required to achieve a position on the flight deck of a major airline, if that is your ultimate goal.

Having taught airline pilots for many years, I know the information you require to be a professional pilot and can guide you toward that goal. This is the first of many courses we will produce, and is an excellent foundation in which to begin your education.

What are the requirements?

  • A thirst for knowledge

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will be able to describe in detail the construction and components of a typical modern transport aircraft and the forces affecting it both in the air and on the ground.
  • The effects of Aircraft Loads on a modern transport aircraft.
  • The components and construction of the aircraft fuselage including pressurisation.
  • The components and construction of the aircraft wing structure.

What is the target audience?

  • Pilots and aspiring pilots and aviation enthusiasts

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Beginning Aircraft Structures for Pilots
01:40

INTRODUCTION TO AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

An introduction to "Beginning Aircraft Structures for Pilots' This short introductory video introduces your instructor William BG Harvey, who is a qualified Commercial Pilot and Airline Instructor with many years experience. Please check out his biography. William have taught airline pilots how to operate MD-90 and B747-400 aircraft, including all the relevant ground subjects, to Captains and First Officers of a major international airline at one of the top airline flight academies. William received his instructor training at Boeing Fight Safety in Long Beach, California on the MD-90 and at the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy on the B747-400 for Saudi Arabian Airlines.

This introductory video outlines the subjects you will study including the following:

Aircraft Loads – In this topic you will learn the following Topics:

  • Typical Loads on an Aircraft

  • Elastic Properties

  • Structural Safe-Life

  • Fail-Safe Structures

  • Damage Tolerant Structures.

Aircraft Fuselage – In this topic you will gain an understanding of the construction of a typical aircraft fuselage including:

  • Monocoque Structures

  • Semi-Monocoque Structures
  • Effects of Pressurisation
  • Flight-Deck Windows
  • Passenger Cabin Windows




Aircraft Wings – In this topic you will learn about the construction and components of a typical aircraft wing including:

  • Aircraft Wing Spars
  • Aircraft Wing Ribs
  • Aircraft Wing Stringers
  • Aircraft Wing Torsion Box.
Article

A WELCOME MESSAGE

A welcome message from your instructor William BG Harvey.

05:55

AIRCRAFT LOADS

Welcome to this first lecture on ‘Aircraft Loads’, which is part of our ‘Aircraft Structures’ course. In this lesson you will learn the following subjects

  • Typical Loads on an Aircraft

  • Elastic Properties

  • Structural Safe-Life

  • Fail-Safe Structures

  • Damage Tolerant Structures.

Please answer the Summary Questions to follow as they will help aid your understanding of the material.

Also check out the additional videos on Aircraft Loads and Longitudinal Hoop Stresses on the Supplementary material section.

This lecture illustrates the six forced acting on the aircraft
01:44
10 questions

THIS QUIZ WILL TEST YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE MATERIAL CONTAINED IN THE COURSE 'AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES'

02:45

THE FUSELAGE (Part One)

After the study of loads on an aircraft both on the ground and in the air we now can move to the subject of the Fuselage.

The preferred methodology for constructing a modern jet transport aircraft’s fuselage is the Semi-Monocoque design, usually covered with an all aluminum skin. The skin normally carries all the loads from the internal pressurization of the fuselage. In this lesson we will learn the concepts of Monocoque and Semi-Monocoque structures and their differences. Both monocoque and semi-monocoque structures are referred to as "stressed skin"

We will also be introduced to the construction of a typical fuselage, which is built with a series of Frames, providing the structures overall shape. In order to provide rigidity, the Frames are held together with lightweight longitudinal elements called Stringers normally attached using rivets or bonding.

By the end of this video you will have been introduced to the following topics:

  • Monocoque Structures

  • Semi-Monocoque Structures
5 questions

PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ON THE COURSE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

04:17

THE FUSELAGE (Part Two)

In the second part of the Fuselage topic we take a look at pressurization and the requirements for oxygen above a certain altitude. In addition, we will look in detail at the construction of the aircraft flight-deck windows and their regulatory criteria. We also will look at the Passenger Cabin Windows and how they are constructed to allow for the effects of pressurization and how the fuselage can accommodate a loss of pressurization in one of the compartments by the use of blow-out-bungs.

By the end of this lesson you will have acquired a knowledge of the following subjects:

  • Effects of Pressurisation
  • Flight-Deck Windows
  • Passenger Cabin Windows

Please answer the Summary Questions to follow as they will help aid your understanding of the material.

A lecture on Hoop Stresses and Axial Stresses
01:00
Summary Questions: Pressurisation, Flight Deck and Cabin Windows
5 questions
02:31

AIRCRAFT WING STRUCTURE

This is the final video in the course, which explains the construction and components of a typical transport aircraft's wing. It is specifically concerned with the cantilever wing design of a modern gas turbine transport aircraft.

By the end of the video you will have been introduced to the following topics:

  • Aircraft Wing Spars
  • Aircraft Wing Ribs
  • Aircraft Wing Stringers
  • Aircraft Wing Torsion Box.

Please answer the Summary Questions to follow as they will help aid your understanding of the material.

Summary Question: Aircraft wing construction
3 questions
Article

The final course summary from the instructor.

Some additional material for your studies
27 pages
15 questions

Please complete the final course Quiz which is designed to test your understanding of ALL the material contained in the course. Keep going over the videos until you get 100% correct.

00:36

A final farewell from William and Digital Aviation Training Ltd

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Instructor Biography

William BG Harvey MSc, MDes, MSc, Flight Crew Ground & Simulator Instructor

Founder Digital Aviation Training Ltd

This is the biography of William BG Harvey who is the founder of Digital Aviation Training Ltd, he has considerable experience in the aviation-training sector. He was employed as a Flight Crew Ground and Fixed Based Simulator Instructor for Saudi Arabian Airlines at the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. There he taught airline pilots the intricacies of the Boeing 747-400 and MD-90 aircraft. He received his instructor training at Flight Safety Boeing, Long Beach California on the MD-90, and in Jeddah for the B747-400 aircraft with Saudi Arabian Airlines. He is the holder of a Commercial Pilots License and Instrument Rating.

Experience in Aviation E-Learning

William also has considerable experience in the aviation e-learning training marketplace, having been the Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the MD-90 Computer Based Training course produced in Paris, France for Saudi Arabian Airlines. When employed by Thales, Training and Simulation, he was an Instructional Designer and Developer on the Tornado GR4 pilot training courseware for the UK Royal Air Force. He has designed and developed pilot courseware for the Malaysian Airline Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whilst employed at TRO Learning, latter acquired by Vega, Commercial Aviation Division.

University Qualifications

William is a graduate of Edinburgh University with an M.Sc in Design and Digital Media. A graduate of The Glasgow School of Art, with an M.Des in Animation, and finally a graduate of Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, with an M.Sc in Human Computer Interaction

Ambitions for Digital Aviation Training

William’s ambition is to develop Digital Aviation Training Ltd into a premier go-to, on-line aviation-training resourse for flight enthusiast and professional alike and to deliver exceptional e-learning programs to the industry.

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